[Air-L] Fwd: Call for Applications Fall ‘09 Admissions UvA New Media MA

mpstevenson at gmail.com mpstevenson at gmail.com
Thu Mar 19 02:46:06 PDT 2009

Begin forwarded message:
> The New Media International MA program at UvA has issued a call for
> applications for students who would like to begin study in Fall 2009.
> We already have an impressive pool of applicants and encourage
> additional applications in order to recruit the best incoming class.
> Please feel free to share with colleagues and friends who may be
> interested and who would make a valuable contribution to the program.
> Direct link to the .pdf of the call for applications:
> http://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl/fall09cfa/
> Overview
> The International M.A. in New Media & Digital Culture (NMMA) at the
> University of Amsterdam (UvA) is accepting applications for the
> 2009-2010 academic year. The NMMA is a one-year residence program
> undertaken in English at UvA in the heart of Amsterdam.  Students
> become actively engaged in critical Internet culture, with an emphasis
> on new media theory and aesthetics, including theoretical materialist
> traditions and practical information visualization trends. Our
> permanent faculty are recognized experts in their fields, and
> committed to their students.  The program admits up to forty students
> per year, classes are no larger than 20 and typically smaller, and the
> faculty-to-student ratio is 1:8.
> Curriculum
> The curriculum has two complementary tracks that all students follow:
> the theoretical track (New Media Theories and Digital Aesthetics) and
> the practical-empirical track (Academic Blogging, Digital Research
> Methods and Information Visualization). The final thesis, a
> contribution to digital media studies, rounds out the program.
> 1st Semester: students follow a practical course in academic blogging,
> led by Internet theorist and tactical media practitioner Geert Lovink.
> Their entries generate the internationally noted Masters of Media
> site, which currently has the high authority ranking of 43 on
> Technorati (http://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl/). The concurrent new
> media theories course focuses on classic texts by innovators from Alan
> Turing to Tim Berners-Lee. The final first semester class, Digital
> Research Methods, trains students in new techniques for studying the
> Internet (http://www.digitalmethods.net/).
> 2nd Semester: the student chooses between courses on digital
> aesthetics or information visualization, the former more theoretically
> inclined in the traditions of art history and visual culture, and the
> latter a joint practical-empirical collaboration between designers,
> programmers and analysts, where the product is an online tool or
> digital visualization. The course of study concludes with the M.A.
> thesis, an original analysis that makes a contribution to the field,
> undertaken with the close mentorship of a faculty supervisor. The
> graduation ceremony includes an international symposium with renowned
> speakers. Graduates of the NMMA have gained an analytical and
> practical skill-set that enables diverse careers in research and
> practice-related areas that make use of the Internet, including
> business, government, NGOs, and creative industries that are evolving
> with emerging new media.  Our graduates include Bauke Freiburg,
> Founder of Fab Channel and Eva Kol, whose MA thesis, Hyves, was
> published by Kosmos in 2008 and sold over 5000 copies its first year
> in print.
> Student Life
> The quality-of-living in Amsterdam ranks among the highest of
> international capitals. UvA’s competitive tuition (see below) and the
> ubiquity of spoken English both on and off-campus make the program
> especially accommodating for foreign students. The city’s many venues,
> festivals, and other events provide remarkably rich cultural offerings
> and displays of technological innovation.  The program has ties to
> organizations including PICNIC, the Waag Society, Mediamatic, Virtueel
> Platform, Netherlands Institute for Media Art, and other cultural
> institutions.  Students attend and blog, twitter or otherwise capture
> local events, while commenting as well on larger international issues
> and trends pertaining to new media. The quality of student life is
> equally to be found in the university’s lively and varied intellectual
> climate.  NMMA students come from North and South America, Africa, and
> across Europe and from academic and professional backgrounds including
> journalism, art and design, engineering, marketing, the humanities and
> social sciences.
> Faculty
> Richard Rogers, Professor and Chair.  Web Epistemology. Publications
> include Information Politics on the Web (MIT, 2004/2005), awarded
> American Society for Information Science and Technology’s 2005 Best
> Information Science Book of the Year Award. Founding director of
> govcom.org. http://www.govcom.org/publications.html
> Geert Lovink, Associate Professor.  Critical Internet theory, Tactical
> Media. Publications include Zero Comments: Blogging and Critical
> Internet Culture (Routledge, 2007). Co-founder nettime list (1995 –
> present); founder, Institute of Network Cultures, 2004.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geert_Lovink
> Jan Simons, Associate Professor. Mobile Culture, Gaming, Film Theory.
> Publications include Playing The Waves: Lars von Trier's Game Cinema
> (U Amsterdam P, 2007). Project Director, Mobile Learning Game Kit,
> Senior Member, Digital Games research group.
> http://home.medewerker.uva.nl/j.a.a.simons/
> Yuri Engelhardt, Assistant Professor.  Computer modeling and
> information visualization. Publications include The Language of
> Graphics (2002); founder and moderator of InfoDesign (1995-9);
> co-developer of Future Planet Studies at UvA. http://www.yuriweb.com/
> Edward Shanken, Assistant Professor.  Digital aesthetics, visual
> culture.  Publications include Art and Electronic Media (Phaidon,
> 2009) and Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology and
> Consciousness (U Cal P, 2003).  http://artexetra.com
> Application and Deadline
> 1 April for Fall 2009.  Applicants will be notified around 15 June.
> Applications received after 1 April may be considered if places are
> available.  See
> http://www.studeren.uva.nl/application_and_accreditation for details.
> More Info & Questions
> •       International M.A. in New Media & Digital Culture - University
> of Amsterdam:
> http://www.studeren.uva.nl/ma_new_media/
> •       Graduate School for Humanities General Information:
> http://www.hum.uva.nl/gs/
> •       Tuition and Fees: http://www.studeren.uva.nl/finance
> •       Further general questions? Please write to UvA’s Graduate  
> School of
> the Humanities, graduateschoolhumanities-fgw  “at” uva.nl.
> •       Specific questions about the curriculum? Please write to  
> Richard
> Rogers, Chair in New Media & Digital Culture, University of Amsterdam,
> rogers “at” uva.nl.
> --
> Edward Shanken
> Universitair Docent, New Media
> Department of Media Studies
> University of Amsterdam
> Turfdraagsterpad 9
> 1012XT Amsterdam NL
> email: e.a.shanken at uva.nl
> http://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl/
> personal webpage: http://artexetra.com
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